Mayor & Council
Mayor Howard Rubenstein
Phone: (251) 375-5333
Dr. Howard Rubenstein received his BS degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, in Chicago. He completed residency training in Family Medicine in Pensacola, Florida.
Dr. Rubenstein has resided in Saraland since 1985. He is co-founder of the Saraland Medical Arts Clinic and Rubenstein Family Medical Associates. He is a past-president of the Saraland Lions Club, the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Saraland Civic Forum, and the Delta School Association, which led to the formation of the Saraland City School System. For 21 years, Dr. Rubenstein volunteered as the team physician for the Satsuma High School Gators and now performs this service for the Saraland Spartans. (Go Spartans!) Dr. Rubenstein was honored as the Saraland Civic Forum’s Citizen of the Year in 1995.
Dr. Rubenstein recently completed a three-year term as Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Springhill Medical Center. He holds the rank of Associate Professor at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine, and helps train medical students and residents for careers in primary care medicine. Dr. Rubenstein serves as medical director for Saads Hospice. He also serves as principal investigator for the Center for Clinical Trials in Saraland.
In 1996, Dr. Rubenstein began his service to the City as a Councilmember. He was chosen as Saraland’s first Council President when a change in the form of government occurred in 2004, and was reelected to that position in 2008. He has served as the City’s liaison to the Saraland Board of Education from its inception. Dr. Rubenstein was serving his fourth term on the Council, when he transitioned into the position of Mayor in January 2011. Dr. Rubenstein was re-elected as Mayor of Saraland in 2012 and 2016. Dr. Rubenstein has earned the Emeritus Certified Municipal Official status from the Alabama League of Municipalities and was elected to the Executive Committee of this prestigious organization in June 2011. He was elected to serve as Vice-president of the League in 2016 and elected President in 2017. He is the first elected official from Mobile County to be chosen to lead the ALM since 1978.
Dr. Rubenstein has been married to wife, Tamara, for the past 34 years. Their eldest son, Cody died tragically from a rare heart defect at age 27 in 2012. Their younger son, Kelby recently married and he and he wife are expecting their first child in November.
City Council Meetings
Council meetings are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the Saraland Municipal Annex and start at 6:30 pm. Pre-meetings are at 6:00 prior to Council meetings in the Chamber meeting room.
Work sessions are scheduled for the Mondays preceding Council meetings on Thursday. Meetings are held in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room (in the Annex) and start at 6:00 pm.
Councilman Joe McDonald
Phone: (251) 599-8870
- Parks & Recreation Committee Chairman
- Public Safety Committee Co-Chairman
- 3rd Term on the City Council
- Married to Susie for 20 years
- Four children, Joseph (Joe Joe) 16 years old, Josie 12 years old, twins, James Paul (JP) and Susie Lu, 8 years old
- Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Alabama with a minor in Political Science
- Graduate of Satsuma High School
- Lifelong resident of Saraland
- Member of Shiloh Baptist Church
- Go Spartans!
Councilman Newton Cromer
Council Place 2
J. Newton Cromer was first elected to the Saraland City Council in 2004. He has served as the Council President, Public Works chair, Public Safety, Police and Fire, and the Park, Recreation and Senior Activities.
Newton has received the Basic, Advanced Certified Municipal Official status and now is recognized by the State of Alabama League of Municipalities an Emeritus Municipal Official. He was elected twice as the Chair of the Economic and Community Advisory Committee through the Alabama League of Municipalities and now sits on the Executive Committee. Newton is a past President of the Mobile County Municipal Association.
Newton has been married to Carol Earle Cromer since 1981 and they have two grown children, Christine Cromer Meerman and Joseph B. Cromer. They also have two adorable grandchildren, Corry and Richie. He is a graduate of Spartanburg High School and Clemson University. He has lived in Mobile County for over 44 years.
Newton is retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Real Estate Project Manager. He is a nationally recognized Real Estate instructor for the U.S. Army Prospect Program and has completed Army Leadership training. He is currently is consulting with the U.S. Federal Courts and is active in many Saraland area service organizations. He is an active member and Deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church in Saraland, AL.
Newton has been actively served for over 30 years in Saraland coaching, administering and mentoring Saraland youth in baseball, softball, football and Upward programs. He is an original avid supporter of Saraland City School System, our senior programs, all park and recreational activities, public safety programs, street resurfacing projects, upgrades to sanitation facilities, active with the Saraland Chamber of Commerce and supports our animal shelter, public health and environmental initiatives. Newton is an active member of Keep Saraland Beautiful, Past President of Saraland Lions Club, Pentalpha Lodge, National Rifle Association, a Woodbadge trained Boy Scout Leader, Salvation Army Board and many other service organizations.
Newton has a passion for service to our community and the betterment of quality of life for all citizens.
Councilman Wayne Biggs
Council Place 3
Wayne was born in Chickasaw, Alabama on January 7, 1956 and has spent most of his life as a resident of Saraland. He graduated from Satsuma High School in 1974 and went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Music Education.
After leaving USM in 1976, Wayne worked his way into sales management in the wholesale grocery business. In 1983, he left the grocery business to learn the coffee service business in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the southeast US in 1985 and in May of 1987 he returned to Saraland and started his own coffee service business.
Over the years, Wayne has been active in coaching Little League baseball, has been active as a “softball parent” and band parent, and he and his wife Martha teach Sunday School at First Baptist North Mobile. Wayne is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Wayne and Martha have four grown children, and three grand-daughters.
Wayne was elected to the City Council in 2012
Councilman Paul Stanley
Council Place 4
Paul Stanley received his B.S. degree from the University of Alabama School of Business in 1964. He was an officer in The Society for the Advancement of Management and was employed by the University in their Office of Administration while a student.
Paul has been married for 48 years to Carolyn who taught school in the North Mobile area for years after receiving her degree in Education from the University of Alabama. They have two daughters, both graduates of the University of Alabama, and two grandsons.
After being employed with a large manufacturing company for eight years, Paul chose to become self-employed. He now is principal owner of four small businesses in Saraland that employ approximately 100 people. His companies market to both domestic and international customers.
Paul is a life-long resident of Saraland and served on the Planning Commission for 18 years. He is a member of Saraland Lions Club, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Paul and Carolyn are active members of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Councilwoman Veronica Hudson
Council Place 5
Dr. Veronica Elaine Smith Hudson received her BSN from Mobile College in 1984 and her MSN from the University of Mobile in 2003. While working as a Professor of Nursing at the University of South Alabama she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Community Health from the University of South Alabama in 2007.
Dr. Hudson has resided in Saraland since 1965 and graduated from Satsuma High School in 1979. She started working at Springhill Memorial Hospital in 1985 with various positions of Pediatric Nurse, Recovery Room Nurse, Charge Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Supervisor and Nurse Manager. She presently works as a Nurse Manager of Postpartum and Newborn Nursery at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Hudson was selected as one of the first five school board members of Saraland Board of Education. While serving as a School Board Commissioner she chaired the legal committee and co-chaired the superintendent search committee. She chaired the Community Advisory Council (CAP) and helped to organized community support that helped to select the Spartan mascot and the red and gray school colors.
Dr. Hudson is a board member of the Saraland Satsuma Chickasaw Community Education Council where she sponsors a Hudson Family scholarship. She’s a member of Keep Saraland Beautiful, the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Saraland Planning Board and a sponsor of the Historical Bailey Cemetery. She attends Calvary Temple in Saraland and has been a longtime member of Freewill Pentecostal Church of God in Mobile. She was nominated as Citizen of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Dr. Hudson was appointed to the City Council in 2009. She introduced to the City Council a Smoke Free Saraland.
Dr. Hudson has been married to Fred Hudson for over 32 years. They have two daughters (both graduates of the University of South Alabama), and two sons (graduates of Gulfport Community College and Bishop State Community College) and 3 grandchildren: Aidan, Amara and Ashton.